How Did Last Year's NBA Draftees Do?

With the NBA Draft approaching and J'Covan Brown hoping to hear his name called, let's take a look at how last year's draftees did in their first seasons in the league.

Tristan Thompson was the first Longhorn drafted, and not surprisingly, he had the best first year. Thompson played in 60 games this year, starting 25. He averaged 23.7 minutes per contest and scored 8.2 points per game, grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game and averaged one block per game.

Even better, Thompson appeared to get more consistent as the year went on. He scored in double figures 14 times in his first 44 games, then hit double digits 10 times in 16 games in April, the season's final month. He also grabbed 7.3 rebounds per game in April.

Jordan Hamilton was the second Longhorn drafted, falling in a bit of a surprise all the way down to No. 26, to the Denver Nuggets. Hamilton played in 26 games this season, starting two. He had 9.9 minutes per game, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest. But Hamilton ended the regular season on a high note, playing 12 minutes and scoring eight points, grabbing five boards and dishing out two assists in a blowout of Minnesota.

Still, it's unclear where Hamilton fits in the longer term … he played in just two of the Nuggets' playoff games, playing a total of five minutes.

Cory Joseph played in 29 games for the San Antonio Spurs, starting one. He played 9.2 minutes per game and averaged two points and 1.2 assists per. But he wasn't able to get a handle on his shooting touch, making just 31.4 percent of his shots from the field and 20 percent from three.

Joseph also spent 14 regular season games with the NBA Developmental League Austin Toros, where he showed more of the potential that made him a first-round pick. Joseph had a well-rounded game in the NBADL, averaging 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He also started seven Toros playoff games, averaging 11.7 points and 4.9 assists in those games.

Despite the fact that the Spurs had the longest playoff run of the three former Longhorns' teams, Joseph didn't play in an NBA playoff game this season.


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